The 5 Major Types of English Tea

By December 29, 2017


For a country without cultivation of the tea plants, Britain has made its way in creative tea-brewing and tea drinking. Compared to the drinking habits of Chinese tea, English tea appears to be a blended one added various flavorings like milk and honey. Now, let’s move on and have a better knowledge of this everyday drink.

Generally speaking, English teas can be divided into two types. They are Black tea and herbal tea. However, a common topic about English tea comes down to the tea blend. What’s your preference for different types of tea? First have a look at the origin of English tea.

Where is the origin of English tea?


India and China, as two major tea importing country of Britain, forms the basic tea types in the daily tea practices. See the differences between Chinese tea and English tea.

Chinese tea

  • Pu-Erh Tea
  • Oolong tea
  • Green tea
  • Black tea
  • Yellow tea
  • White tea

Indian tea

  • Darjeeling
  • Ceylon Tea
  • Assam Tea
  • Darjeeling Orange Pekoe
  • Ceylon Broken Orange Pekoe

Based on these tea origins, let’s have it in details.

#1 Breakfast Tea


Breakfast tea is a traditional English and Irish breakfast tea which is made from Assam black tea blended with Ceylon black tea. It serves salty and strong flavor so that many people drink it as a morning alarm to be alert.

#2 Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea comes from the tea mixture of Darjeeling and Ceylon Tea, which appears to be a light taste contrasted to the Breakfast tea. You can have a gentle and mild afternoon teatime.

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#3 Chai Tea


Actually, we called it Chai that is originated from the Chinese homophonic pronunciation of tea. The Chai tea is made from black tea blended with almond milk, adding many natural spicy ingredients like cinnamon, clove, cardamom and vanilla. Moreover, there is a combination of Chai tea and coffee for your option; go to the Starbucks and have a cup of Chai tea latte.

Here shows you a video about how to make Chai Tea Latte at home: 

#4 Earl Grey Tea


Earl Grey tea, known for the special aroma of bergamot and pure taste of black tea, viewed as the traditionally distinguished English Afternoon tea. And it has gone into other varieties like London Fog adding vanilla syrup and Lady Grey adding lemon peel or organ peel oil.

#5 Herbal Tea


Herbal tea is different from black tea blend, for it is made without milk or sugar added. Have a cup of herbal tea in the afternoon; leave you the ultimate peace of mind.

Additionally, various herbal tea flavors have been served at shop like Green Lemon Tea, Green Jasmine Tea and Matcha which combines fruit, snacks with tea sold at Teapigs.

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